About Certes

The Certes Story

Headquartered in the U.S. and boasting a global presence spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pac, Certes has been a pioneer in delivering cutting-edge security technology solutions, with a specific focus on Data Protection Risk Mitigation (DPRM). With over 20 years of expertise, our technology is deployed across a diverse clientele of 1000 customers in almost 100 countries, holding certifications for FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL4+. Our extensive global footprint includes organizations leveraging Certes technology, facilitating compliance with national, international, or industry-specific regulations through robust DPRM strategies.

Certes DPRM is redefining the data landscape, ensuring customers have sole access and controls over their own sensitive data, wherever and however they use it

“Our customers understand the value of their data as a treasured commodity. Therefore, securing that data is priceless. Certes introduces a new way to think about data security. With Certes Data Protection & Risk Mitigation, customers can now measure the effectiveness of their security strategy and provide quantifiable value to their organization.”

– Paul German, Certes CEO

What is Certes DPRM?

Leadership Team

At Certes, our leadership team combines a wealth of expertise in data protection and risk mitigation, united by a singular mission: to safeguard customer data with unparalleled precision, integrity, and commitment.

Meet some of our Leadership and Senior Management team:

Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors

Paul German

“Organizations need to start thinking differently about data security.  The major challenge for a CISO is no longer the network rather the data has to come first. With the launch of Certes DPRM, our customers can now take actionable steps not only to measure the effectiveness of their security strategy but to gain deep insight into how to enhance their security posture and enforce policy.”

Paul is an experienced and customer-focused CEO with over 20 years of experience in selling, marketing, implementing and supporting networking and security technologies. Paul prides himself in building great teams and in knowing the right team will ultimately make a company successful.

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Paul joined Certes in January 2015 where he initially led the EMEA region before becoming CEO.Prior, Paul founded a VoIP Security company which successfully established itself as the first Freemium VoIP Security vendor in the market obtaining over 500 product downloads in its first 12 months.

From 2008 – 2011 Paul ran the EMEA region for Sipera successfully growing the business in the region from zero revenue in 2008 to being the top performing region for the company on acquisition by Avaya in 2011.

Paul has held roles in financial services companies such as Lehman Brothers and BNP Paribas, as a technology executive owning and managing networking and security technologies. Paul also spent three years with Cisco working in the Service provider line of business selling to Worldcom (Verizon).

Paul is a graduate of Brunel University, London.

Chief Technology Officer

Simon Pamplin

““Safeguarding valuable data extends beyond traditional perimeter defense. DPRM represents a shift towards prioritising data-centric security, recognising that data itself is the ultimate asset. The future of cybersecurity requires businesses to navigate regulations and combat evolving cyber threats by placing a focus on data integrity and control.””

Simon Pamplin joined Certes in 2022, bringing with him his wealth of technical expertise and sales experience, previously within Storage and Data Centre Networking. Simon’s passion for business and technical solutions is shown by his strong track record of developing and managing high-performing teams of pre-sales professionals.

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His skills span across various areas including on-premises and off-premises Cloud, as well as large-scale Consolidation and Virtualisation of infrastructure. Simon has extensive experience working across different countries and cultures within EMEA and Russia, across multiple industries.

Simon emphasises a practical approach to data security, urging organisations to prioritise safeguarding data above all else. With DPRM, he ensures customers can assess their security strategies effectively and make informed decisions to strengthen their security posture and enforce policies while mitigating risk.

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Brunner

“Critical efficiencies for our customers are not only time savings but scalability and cost-effectiveness.”

Gary brings over 25 years of finance, operations and management experience to the team at Certes. Prior to joining Certes, Gary served as the Sr. Vice President of Finance and Operations at Netronome Systems, a developer and supplier of network flow processors and acceleration cards in network and communication devices.

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Previously, he served as the Vice President of Finance at Precise Technology Inc (acquired by Rexam Inc. in 2005), a consumer and medical packaging supplier. From 2000 – 2002 Gary served as Partner and CFO at G4 Partners, an early stage private equity fund. He held the positions of Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Controller during his tenure at FORE Systems Inc., a developer and manufacturer of high-speed networking equipment that grew from a small start-up to a company with annual sales of $632 million.

Gary has held various finance positions at technology companies both in the Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. areas previous to joining FORE Systems. Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Robert Morris University.

Chief Revenue Officer

Dan Panesar

“Protecting company data is not just a responsibility but a cornerstone of trust, and I am immensely proud that Certes stands at the forefront of this mission, safeguarding digital assets with cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions.”

Dan has a real passion and love for sales and this is reflected by more than 20 very successful years in various leading-edge technology sales roles. His focus has centred around end user direct touch new business sales before progressing into sales leadership.

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Prior to joining Certes as CRO, Dan has been focused in the Security Operations space firstly with Securonix, followed by Innovative start up Hunters. He also has spent time advising and working with a number of UK-based cyber security start-ups through the Cylon – (Cyber London) accelerator programme. Dan brings a wealth of experience with 2 previous successful exists, one of which was alongside CEO at Certes Paul German.

Chief Product Officer

Matt Cable

“Being able to provide our customers the ability to mitigate the risk associated with carrying data, and protecting them from changing global regulations is my goal in making Certes DPRM a leader in the data protection market place.”

Matt is an experienced and customer-focused Chief Product Officer with over 30 years of experience in selling, implementing, supporting data security, networking and unified communications, and has held roles in financial services, aviation, utilities, and government.

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Matt joined Certes as VP Solutions Architect, now heading the product and engineering as Chief Product Officer, developing the roadmap to ensure the continued development of the Certes portfolio. He works closely with clients, helping them to think differently about data security, enabling them to truly embrace Certes DPRM by moving the security mindset away from traditional infrastructure solutions towards data protection and risk mitigation.

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